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St. James, Alcohol Regs Discussed by Selectmen

Nuggets of news from Monday’s meeting.

Here are some bullet points from Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting.

  • Wellesley's Deputy Chief of William Brooks was given a round of applause. The meeting was likely his final one as a Wellesley official. He will begin his new job as the Police Chief of the Norwood Police Department in May.
  • Brooks has taken the lead role in researching the town's history regarding alcohol regulations in restaurants. The town which would ultimately allow restaurants with between 50 and 99 seats to apply for liquor licenses. Currently, a restaurant in Wellesley must have 100 seats to apply for a license.
  • Daniel Adelson, general manager at  argued that the change in the bylaw would unfairly "change the game," reviving owner  from last year. The owner argued that the change would give small business a competitive advantage due to less overhead.
  • The town's attorney Al Robinson read his opinion on the state of the  possible . He bullet-pointed that the basis of the sale would include restrictions over how the land could be used going forward. The Archdiocese, in any land transaction, stipulates that the land may not be used for an abortion clinic, stem cell research facility or other house of worship. This would be the case for this land for the next 90 years. Robinson said generally he does not forsee this being the case at the property given current zoning and expectations of what the site will become.

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